The Indian nets on Monday had three visitors. Keenly watching the action in the middle, they reserved some special attention for India skipper MS Dhoni. The men were representatives from Spyder bats, the make of bats which Dhoni uses.
An English company based in Yorkshire, Spyder have been making bats for the Indian skipper for sometime now.
With the team inaccessible to the media, the glare of the TV cameras was turned to these three gentlemen. Gary Stanyer, who had a long chat with Dhoni about the new bats on offer, was hounded by the waiting media as soon as practice finished.
“He’s become quite the star, hasn’t he?” said one of the other reps from Spyder Bats, obviously amused with all the attention his friend was getting. “We should meet the Indian team more often. We’ll be selling many more bats with all the publicity we’ll get.” Most of the Irish cricketers use the Spyder range of bats.
Joshua Kirsten is sure learning his cricket from the right people. A regular at the Indian nets, the coach’s son can often be seen playing tennis ball cricket, smashing Ishant Sharma back over his head, or knocking back Yuvraj’s stumps with a yorker. Talk about learning the ropes!
The champions might have been practising at the Lady Bay nets on Monday, but the real action was happening at the other end of the ground.
The West Indies too were having nets in the morning, and with Chris Gayle flaying the ball far and wide, quite a few journalists were trying their best to get hold of the aforementioned and keep it as a memento.
A couple of them even did get hold of the prized possession, quickly hiding it in to their pockets as soon when the ball boys came looking.
The West Indian batsmen, in general, were hitting the ball well, and having a good time doing that. Andre Fletcher, in particular, was trying a lot of new things. Walking down the wicket to Fidel Edwards and trying to reverse hook the fast bowler! He also tried a switch hit off a bouncer. Both times, however, the results were not as desired.